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for the hill newspaper amy stoddard former national spokesman for the white house, president obama's white house tommy vetor and former adviser to mitt romney's presidential campaign kevin madden. kevin, not surprising, i'm going to start with you. >> really? >> even though 80%, 90% of the country supports this legislation and it was up for a vote, toomey is suggesting although i understand he has back tracked a little since that statement, suggesting it really just came down to republicans didn't want to give obama a victory. >> look. the kind of politics you see in washington, d.c. is absurd. as sure as dogs will bark in a tunnel politicians in washington, d.c. are going to play politics. this did come down to policy in the minds of many opposed to the bill. some folks said that we're proponents, believed it was good policy and those opposed believed it was bad policy. at the heart of a lot of opposition on an issue that is so important like the second amendment to many people is the belief we don't need another set, another level of federal gun laws. that was the opposition, at the hear
? you can't catch us live, have a great evening. lou: good evening confusing messages from the white house, president obama walks back from his red line decree on syrian use of chemical weapons. this aftee u.s. intelligence sources yesterday reported that on at least two occasions, assad regime had used seron gas on its population, the president instead laying out another red line for the assad regime, that is already slaughtered tens of thousands of its civilians. >> horrific as it is, when mortars are fired on civilians to use potential once one crosses another line. with respect to international norms and law. and that is going to be a game changer. lou: president obama has been repeating since as far back of august o last year, that assad's use of chemical weapons on his own people would cross a so-called red line, that would result in u.s. involvement in now 2 year long syrian civil iar. president today however called for more investigation into the intelligence communities assessment of the use of chemical weapons, and president incredibly said that syria had crossed a differen
to worse. lou: you mention political warfare in obama administration between white house and secretary of state hillary clinton. how can such tensions and disruptive petty bureaucrat icon flick be allowed to persist? >> well, it should not. i think in varieties of cases from afghanistan to middle east, it impacted our policymaking because state department, which stands for engagement and diplomacy, and played an important role in conflicts bike balkanlike the balkans has not d its voice in this administration, secretary clinton of probably more influ18 shall than any then. there is a. i don't think that is being for the best. >> vali i look forward to your earlier return to the broadcast. congratulation on your new book. let's hope it remains indispensable. thank you very much. >> thank you. lou: go to loudobbs.com. you can get links directly to the purchase of the book, have a gr >> announcer: the following is a paid presentation for hip hop abs brought to you by beachbody. pay close attention! don't miss your chance to save 75% off hip hop abs. if you're looking to shed the fat... >>
in the obama white house was called the light footprint strategy, a strategy moving i way from a focus on these big attritional wars where we send a hundred thousand troops to a country, rewire the nation and after six or seven years discover we haven't done very little other than build recentments there. and more towards the use of america's technological advantage or physical advantage against a smaller group. so there are drone strikes in afghanistan, and in the long run, harmful or helpful. there are cyber strikes of the kind that the book revealed that the united states conducted against iran. and then there's the use of special forces. ultimate light footprint. remember they were in and out of pakistan before the pakistani military even had a chance to respond. >> david in the book you have the chapter, the dark side of the light footprint. you talk about standard that this administration struggled to fashion or new operations including targeted killing. they settled on the notion that a country would have to expressly invite a drone attacks. that would be a standard. we could se
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obama. here are some memorable moments from past correspondents' dinners. >> members of the white house, correspondents association, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen -- >> here i am. here i am at another one of these dang press dinners. >> i'm absolutely delighted to be here. as is laura. >> she's hot. [ laughter ] >> for the men and women in. the armed services. that's a great thing. [ applause ] over there fighting. that's just one job i couldn't do. i mean, if they recruited me, of course, i'd go. but i don't want to be in the military. if i did, it's one job i could do would be the guy that greets the president when he gets off the helicopter. that's it. i mean you get some tv time. mr. president, that's it it for me. i'm going to have some lunch. >> it's funny to me that they have never caught you smoking but they somehow always catch you with your shirt off. i know you're into this transparency thing, but i don't need to see your nipples. [ laughter ] is there a beach at camp david? there was never a nipple portrait of lincoln. >> the jonas brothers are r here. they are
charges. white house officials tell me that president obama has been made aware of this arrest. at this point, they are not releasing any other reaction. this all started in the dates after the boston bombing. that is when these ricin-laced letters were intercepted at an offsite mail facility. so they never got close to president obama or to members of congress. obviously added to the tension here in the nation's capital. >> quickly, before you let you get out of here, elvis imperson negotiate, sounds like the beginnings of a farrelly brothers' movie plot. what is that about? >> the rivalry seems to be long and complicated and involves a number of different sort of fights between the two men. i can tell you in one instance, the elvis impersonator, paul kevin curtis, claimed to be a part of -- a society called mensa society, basically for people who have high iq scores. well, dutschke took exception too that. -- exception to that. he called curtis out on that, said you are not being truthful about this . so, that is one of the fights the two had. hard to pinpoint where their dis
and other issues. i'll take that up with ross douthat. and president obama takes on some jabs at the media last night's white house correspondents dinner, including a website that's been getting a lot of buzz. >> the media landscape is changing so rapidly. you can't keep up with it. i mean, i remember when buzz feed was just something i did in college around 2:00 a.m. >> but shoot press corps be yucking it up with the white house gang and all chose celebrities? i'm howard kurtz, and this is "reliable sources." >>> the coverage of the boston bombing took a sharp turn this week as the narrative turned to the motivation of the tsarnaev brothers and whether the federal authorities had mangled the case. there was some angry talk about muslims, as much of the media world picked sides, pointed fingers and engaged in ideological snipe iing. >> we might want to rethink how we say do we want to allow any more muslim students into this country? take a period of time two years, three years, four years and just stop that from happening? >> i think we should also have to examine the use of drones on the
news, the white house correspondents' dinner where president obama is usually the headliner, but not at the so-called nerd prom. that's when you call team coco. last night conan o'brien closed out the dinner where hollywood meets washington for a night of laughs. but it was conan's, the question was conan's routine as funny as the others we've seen recently. here are some highlights. >> ladies and gentlemen, let's get going. right here at the start, i'll share something with you people and this doesn't leave this room. i say this with absolute confidence because we're on c-span. who doesn't love c-span? seriously. an entire channel shot with the backup camera on a ford explorer. congratulations to c-span to win the bid to broadcast this event. they narrowly beat out and the hilton hotel how to check out channel. that's right. the hilton. it's great to be here at the hilton. is it just me or time to stop using priceline to book this event. no, i love the hilton. i love the hilton's motto, sorry, the radisson was booked. you know, i was worried because of the sequester we woul
has drawn support from a cross-section of america, including the white house. >> president obama reached out by phone and the first lady tweeted, so proud of you jason collins. this is a huge step for our country. we've got your back. >> all of that prompted collins' only tweet saying, i knew i was choosing the road less traveled but i am not walking it alone. we go to radio host, jason page. thank you for joining us. >> absolutely. >> clearly a landmark decision, on the one hand, also surprising it took this long. what it your reaction, give perspective on this. >> i don't know if it is surprising it took so long as much as the guy that decided to break the barrier. all of us were predicting it needed to be a star player. needed to be a guy relatively young. but a guy that had cache, to survive the potential backlash. instead it's the exact opposite. a fringe player, a guy who may play seven to ten minutes a night, a free agent. i mean, you couldn't have drawn it up differently than a lot of the people i had been talking to behind the scenes who were predicting this would play o
from the rose garden in the white house. president obama announcing two new nominations. the lady on the right is penny pritzger. nominated as the new commerce secretary. businesswoman, philanthropist and heirist. also be nominating michael froman on your left as the new u.s. trade representative. right now is one of the president's top economic advisors. again, you are looking live at the white house. the new nominees to the president's administration. >>> in the next 30 minutes, the president is due to leave the white house and fly to mexico. this afternoon he meets with the president of mexico. this trip could play a big role in the immigration reform fight right here in the u.s. >> reporter: president obama is counting on the u.s./mexico relationship to appeal to congress to move on immigration legislation. president obama and mexican president are on the same page with immigration reform. both support a path to citizenship for the 11 million people in the u.s. illegally. and both to establish a temporary seasonal work program for people from mexico and other parts of latin am
-dominated locker room. >> president obama personally called jason colins to express his support, a white house aide said he was impressed by his courage and the first laid tweeted "we got your back." >> thank you. you can see the exclusive interview with george stephanopolis this morning on "good morning america" at 7:00 a.m. right after the abc7 morning news. >> new this morning, the oakland a's and fans deserve to sleep in after an epic battle that lasted unbelievable 6 1/2 hours going 19 innings. boy, that game at coliseum began last night and ended only three hours ago this morning when a's first baseman moss hit the two-run homer to beat the angels 10-8 after the a's rallied from behind in a game that had a 7 and 14 inning stretch and lasted past the final bart train, the longest gamive in both teams' history. >> oakland police department is slowly making much needed reforms according to a report by court-appointed monitor overseeing the reforms related to police brutality. the monitor says the department is meeting many of the 51 new guidelines including speeding the time taken to investigate
bombing suspects cover his tracks. the white house says today that president obama is getting regular updates on the investigation. our chief white house correspondent ed henry is live on the north lawn. ed, what do we know. >> what's interesting is yesterday at his news conference the president faced some criticism later in the day yesterday for saying that these two brothers were self-radicalized. it turns out that it's a little ambiguous right now and jay carney at the podium when he had his daily press briefing seemed to sort of hedge it a bit. take a listen. >> that's a supposition that has to be proven through investigation. and investigations need to follow all paths and i know that the president expects that's what the fbi, which is the lead agency in this investigation is making sure is what is happening in this investigation. >> now, investigators in particular we're told are tracking the movements of the older brother here. can you see his picture right there. remember, he left for seven months. he spent it in russia. and dagestan last year. in retrospect it's clear the rus
night only president obama becomes comedian in chief. he was a hit last night during the annual white house correspondents' dinner. it's a chance for the president to acknowledge journalists, us, executives with praise and insults. and there was no one offlimits. >> and without further adieu, i'd like to introduce the president of the united states. ♪ >> thank you. thank you everybody. how do you like my new entrance music? rush limbaugh warned you about this, second term, baby. we're changing things around here a little bit. actually, my advisors were a little worried about the new rap entrance music. they are a little more traditional. they suggested that i should start with some jokes at my own expense. just take myself down a peg. i was like, guys, after four and a half years, how many pegs are there left? i want to thank the white house correspondents, ed, you're doing an outstanding job. we are grateful for the great work you've done. to all the dignitaries who are here, everybody i especially want to say thank you to ray who does outstanding service for our country and all ou
, there were a lot of chuck else. it was revealed by the cracker jack white house team, president obama had a hand in writing all of the jokes. >> i believe it. >> script writers, as well, inherent sense of humor. what struck me the most about the evening, how willing he was to be the butt of his own jokes. we have a little montage. let's play it. >> said i should start with some jokes as my own expense. just take myself down a peg. i was like guys, after four and a half years, how many pegs are there left? these days i look in the mirror and i have to admit i'm not the strapping young muslim socialist i used to be. i know republicans are still sorting out what happened in 2012, but one thing they all agree on is they need to do a better job reaching out to minorities. and call me self centered, i can think of one minority they can start with. hello! >> president obama can laugh at himself. >> he is great at that. that is one of my favorite moments, he was laughing at himself, he was laughing at the republicans, republicans were laughing at themselves, newt gingrich loved it, which we love.
timing on point, president obama delivered a lot of memorable one liners at the white house correspondents dinner. this joke elicited response afterwards. >> some folks still don't think i spend enough time with congress. why don't you get a drink with mitch mcconnell, they ask. really? [ laughter ] why don't you get a drink with mitch mcconnell! [ laughter ] today, mitch mcconnell senate campaign tweeted this picture of the senator, sitting at a bar with a beer, next to an empty school and glass of red wine with the caption greetings from coal country, hazard, kentucky. one republican strategist had this advice for the president. >>> i had a beer with mitch mcconnell, had a good time. i would encourage him to give it a shot. >> joining me, krystal ball. i saw you in the hallway at the dinner, there were a lot of chuck else. it was revealed by the cracker jack white house team, president obama had a hand in writing all of the jokes. >> i believe it. >> script writers, as well, inherent sense of hu what struck me the most about the evening, how willing he was to be the butt o
of p.c. obama is living in the white house. is that p.c. in the day we live. in by the way, to jason collins out there, the gay kid, i'm happy for you, brother. you might want to keep that christian thing. you might want to stay in the closet on that one. that might catch up to you. >> bill: we haven't covered that because we feel that everybody's personal life is their personal life, you know. the basketball player is happy to weigh in. >> we don't have to be pristine. he said is he gay. he said is he a christian. i'm telling him to sit on the christian thing because that might come back to bite you. >> bill: dennis miller, everybody. i'm getting a lot of mail on the bolder fresher shows all sold out. there are a few tickets for west bury long island on june 1st. make great fathers and mother's day gifts. check it out on bill o'reilly.com. cammeron and rosen. will the benghazi and libya chaos erupted into a full blown scandal? that report moments away. the boys used double miles from their capital one venture card to fly home for the big family reunion. you must be garth's father? h
to take you back to the white house correspondents' dinner where president barack obama is talking about his offensive in washington. >> i am not giving up. in fact, i'm taking my charm offense on the road. a texas barbecue with ted cruz. kentucky blue grass concert with rand paul. and a book burning with michele bachmann. my charm offense has helped me learn a few things in congress. it turns out, absolutely nothing. but the point of my charm offensive is simple. we need to make progress on simple issues. take the sequester. republicans fell in love with this thing and now they can't stop talking about how much they hate it. it's like we're trapped in a taylor swift album. one senator who has reached across the aisle recently is marco rubio. but i don't know about 2016. i mean, the dguy has not even finished a single term in the senate and he thinks he's ready to be president. kids these days. i, on the other hand, have run my last campaign. on thursday, as ed mentioned, i went to the opening of the bush presidential library in dallas. it was a wonderful event and that inspired me to ge
to be with you. >>> taking you to a developing story now. live pictures at the rose garden at the white house. president obama is announcing the nomination of penny pritzger. let's listen in. >> we know he's going to be extraordinary leading that institution. but today i'm in a position to nominate two extraordinary individuals to continue the work of ron and becky as key members of my economic team. as i said in my state of the union address, when it comes to growing our economy and our middle class, we should focus on three things. number one, making sure america's a magnet for good jobs. number two, helping workers earn the skills they need to get those jobs, and number three, making sure their hard work actually leads to a decent living. both these individuals share that focus. first, i'm not naming penny pritzger to serve as my secretary of commerce. now, penny is one of our country's most distinguished business leaders. she's got more than 25 years of management experience in industries including real estate, finance, and hospitality. >> when he says hospitality, she's from the hyatt ho
, which we see coming up in the weeks. the worst week was president obama. when the white house press corps is questioning if you've got juice, really not a good week when you are president. the whole question of is he a lame duck president three months into his second term, that's problematic, not that he can't work his way out of. >> not what a president wants to be asked about. morris, your picks? >> susan, really? come on. come on. this is ridiculous. my worst -- let me start with my worst, my worst is those poor germans, the best economy in europe, now the best football clubs in europe. you know what to do with those poor germans. but my best week goes to the economy. again, adding jobs, steady pace, wall street skyrocketing. i don't understand why the republicans cannot praise this president for his stewardship of the economy. susan, i just can't understand t. >> can't start a fight. don't have a lot of time. patricia, i want to end with you. who are your best and worst of the week? >> my best week goes to gabriel gomez, republican nominee now in the senate race up there. he is
taking place at the pentagon. .ive at 1:55 eastern at the white house this afternoon, president obama is expected to announce his choice of charlotte north carolina mayor anthony foxx to be the next transportation secretary. if confirmed, he will be placed outgoing secretary ray lahood. we will have the personal announcement live starting at 2:10 eastern on our companion network c-span3. at 7:00 p.m., the debate for the first congressional seat in south carolina. former republican governor mark sanford and elizabeth bush -- busch. it is expected to focus on federal expending, gun legislation and a number of other key issues. are trying to generate as a government and you are looking for ways to generate new revenue, silicon valley has the answers. if you are trying to explore and ignite better innovation within your mpany's, silicon valley has the answers. and then from an entrepreneur standpoint, how is entrepreneurship different than in other places, which is distinctly is? so much is often based on failure and learning from one's experiences. but it is also recognizing that you ca
, a defiant president obama says the u.s. won't be intimidated by bombings in boston. in a news conference over at the white house just a little while ago the president was asked whether people should be afraid of attending large gatherings after the attack at the boston marathon, and he said, absolutely not. >> we're not going to stop living our lives because warped individuals try to intimidate us. we're going to do what we do which is go to work, raise our kids, go to ball games, run in marathons, and at the same time, we're going to make sure that everybody's cooperating and is vigilant and doing everything we can without being naive to try to prevent attacks from happening in the future the president defended the fbi's handling of the bombing investigation. we'll have much more on that, including a republican senator's response. that's coming up in 15 minutes. >>> now to the other suspected boston bomber whose voice we are hearing for the first time, two weeks after his death. we're hearing tamerlan tsarnaev speak at a pretty eerie experience. entertainment tonight got its hands on ne
cancer travelled to the white house, recently spend some time in the oval office with president obama. >>> ahead on "starting point," something rarely seen, just a few hours ago a queen an dickating her throne in favor of her son. why? we're live in amsterdam with the ceremony and the details. then intelligence agencies have been accused of dropping the ball by not intercepting one of the boston bombing suspects. a new frontline investigation of what federal agencies are doing to keep us safe from terror attacks. it yellows over time. when it comes to your smile, if you're not whitening, you're yellowing. crest whitestrips whiten as well as $500 professional treatments. guaranteed. crest 3d white whitestrips. guaranteed. i'm also a survivor of ovarian a writand uterine cancers. i even wrote a play about that. my symptoms were a pain in my abdomen and periods that were heavier and longer than usual for me. if you have symptoms that last two weeks or longer, be brave, go to the doctor. ovarian and uterine cancers are gynecologic cancers. symptoms are not the same for everyone. i got sic
obama's inner circle speaking out, about the role of religious faith inside the white house. >> joshua dubois led outreach to faith-based groups and was considered a pastor to the president. he recently left the white house and spoke to abc's devon dwyer. joining us now. good morning. >> good morning. a fascinating interview, dubois revealed details about president obama behind the scenes and how he tries to connect with god. joshua dubois was spiritual adviser to the leader of the free world, ordained member of the white house staff seen here in private oval office prayer sessions. now he has left president obama's inner circle bearing witness to what he saw. >> he is a deeply faithful president and need a whole bunch of help in cultivating the faith. >> reporter: mr. obama's practice of faith has been relatively private, attending church less often than predecessors. he gets daily e-mails of scripture to his blackberry. >> the president would bring pastors into the oval office to have conversation, moments of prayer, reach out for suggestions of scripture. >> did he have any favorite
delays for travelers. workers at the white house are the latest to bear the brunt of the furlough cuts. ellen braitman has more. good morning. >> president obama began experiencing firsthand the across-the-board cuts. non commission will miss one day of work during may's first pay period. the spending cuts affect each and everyone working in the white house. say it takes about to launch a $50 million away from funding for airport construction project. the federalased by reserve. unemployment fraud cost the government $3.3 billion in 2011. fraudulent share of funds went to people who are not out of work. news on jobs. stocks were trading on a dissipating report from adp. as for this morning, we're waiting for weekly jobless claims. we're waiting for big monthly jobs report that comes out tomorrow from the labor department. that is business news. i'm ellen braitman reporting for wbal-tv 11 news. >> now weather and traffic together on the 1's. good morning. it should turn out to be a nice day today. we're starting with chilly temperatures in the 40's. 48 at the airport. some of you may ha
expected today at the white house. president barack obama expected -- toinate the new nominate the charlotte mayor as the secretary. prominence after bringing the democratic national convention to charlotte last year. watch the event at two o'clock 3.m. eastern on c-span 16she married at the age of and helped teach her husband to be better reader and wider. during the civil war she snuck supplies tuesday union in the tennessee mountains. but the time her president critic by the time her husband takes office she is ill. meet allies johnson, wife of and johnson as to continue our series on first ladies with your questions and comments by phone, facebook, and twitter. tonight, live on c-span and c- span3, also on c-span radio and c-span.org. >> "washington journal" continues. each money we look at how your money is being spent in a different sector of the federal government. we look at private-sector companies that depend on federal all,acts for most, if not their work. we're joined by "washington times" correspondents luke rosiak. you recently looked at federal pay for executives
not only take a punch line, he can deliver one, too. the zingers are flying all over the place at the white house correspondentses dinner. nothing was off limits. mr. obama had great comedic timing aiming his barbs atropines. celebrities, and his hosts. he took to the podium with the rap song all i want to do is win blaring in the background. president obama said, rush limbaugh warned you about this, second term, baby. he got a big laugh, and that was only the beginning. >> i get it. if i look in the mirror, i have to admit i'm not the strapping young muslim socialist i used to be. time passes. get a little gray. and yet, even after all this time, i still make rookie mistakes. like i'm out in california where the fund-raiser, having a nice time. i happen toention that pamela harris is the best looking attorney general in the country. as you might imagine, i got in trouble when i got back home. who knew eric holder was so sensitive? and then there's the easter egg roll, which is supposed to be just a nice, fun event with the kids. i go out on the basketball court. took 22 shots. made two of
offensive tackle dave quizenbury, and mark anthony to the ravens. >>> it's 9:26, and president obama laps up controversy at the white house correspondence dinner >> for dmample whole controversy about jay z going to cuba. unbelievable. i've got 99 problems and now jay z is one of them. >> we'll tell you the best jokes of the night including one about california attorney general pamela harris. >> and an intruder is expected of stabbing a nine-year-old girl in her rancho calaveras home has been on the run for nearly 20 hours. the latest on the manhunt and homicide investigations. >>> we're doing a house-to- house search. in some cases we're searching extensively into attics. >> a manhunt is under way in calaveras county this morning, after a young girl was killed inside her own home. good morning, welcome back to mornings on 2. it's sunday, april 28th. i'm claudine wong. >> and i'm mike mibach. the stabbing happened yesterday in the rancho calaveras area, about 60 miles southeast of sacramento, and the suspect is still on the loose, katie udhes has been tracking this story all morning. what's
is about what it was when obama walked in the door at the white house. not looking at progress here. the idea, if the government spends money everybody gets rich, we tried that. we didn't have recovery summer. >> let me let ken respond to that. >> we shouldn't be arguing about the past. but i think if you compare how the u.s. economy is doing vicea ve vis a vis the british recovery. we really got out of the deep recession and got us in a positive direction. right now, though, what we're looking at is, yes, there are good signs here, part-time workers, good sign, and businesses are trying to add capacity. but, you know, the sense that washington is broken and if -- you know, the problem is the president put forth a balanced plan to get our fiscal situation on better ground. train the workers to create good manufacturing jobs and republicans have not done anything on congress on it. a self-inflicted wound. like breaking your pencil right before you go take the big exam. it doesn't make any sense. >> let's go back to christine. what are we hearing? >> futures moving higher. and retail
served as director of the white house domestic policy council during president obama's first term and joins me now. so someone might ask, we haven't had one for a year, we've had an acting secretary, roberta blank, think, why do we need a secretary of commerce, what does the secretary of commerce really do as the president fills out his cabinet. >> exactly, it's a pleasure to be here with you, as always. i think it's a very, very important job. what we've seen over the years, looking at even through past administrations, is that the secretary of commerce is often an ambassador between the administration and the business community and an important part of an economic team. becky blank did a vafantastic j as the interim secretary. she's got a lot of credibility. but having someone in there of penny's stature and someone who is a business person and someone who is taken seriously by the business community i think will be very, very important for the administration. >> one question that i've been looking at frankly is there are no assistant secretaries of state. ambassadors from all o
. at a stop in costa rica on friday, president obama addressed the syrian conflict. major garrett is traveling with the president and joins us from san jose costa rica. major, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, anthony and nancy. white house advisors will not confirm the attack on syria. other top u.s. government officials have confirmed it. the white house knows that israel has attacked syria before back in january and its target then was a convoy of long range missiles. to the much bigger question of whether he would ever send u.s. forces to fight on the ground in the middle of the syrian civil war, president obama here yesterday came as close as he ever has to ruling that out. >> i do not foresee a scenario in which boots on the ground in . >> it's a scenario in which bother were on the ground. and, by the way, when i cull with the region the president leave office and stabilizing the situation in syria. they agree with that assessment. >> reporter: the president also said the u.s. is continuing to investigate charges that the syrian regime used weapo
trauma after appearing in that photo. >>> fresh off his comedic performance at the white house correspondents' dinner. president obama met with reporters to discuss serious questions. he tackled domestic and foreigner use beginning with sear yeah. here is abc's jonathan carl. >> reporter: president obama had a clear message for the american people there will be no rush to american action in syria. for one thing the evidence is incomplete. >> what we now have is evidence that chemical weapons have been used inside of syria. but we don't know how they were used, when they were used, who used them on. >> reporter: the president is 100 days into his second term and faced a string of defeats in congress. >> do you still have the juice to get the rest of your agenda through the congress. >> put it that way. maybe i should pack up and go home. golly. mark twain said rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated. >> the problem he said is congress. >> jonathan, you seem to suggest that somehow these folks over there have no responsibilities and my job is to somehow get them to behave
right away. seriously, mr. president, your hair is so white it could be a member of your cabinet. >> tough line. that was conan o'brien as the white house correspondents' dinner taking a jab at president obama over his supposed lack of diversity in his cabinet. today, the president names the first african-american cabinet pick of his second term. he's chosen charlotte, north carolina, mayor anthony fox as his nominee to become the nation's next transportation secretary succeeding ray lahood. angela, a principal at the impact strategies group, angela, thanks very much for coming in. so what's your take on thissugg has not been diverse enough in his selections for his second term cabinet? >> well, wolf, i think as the president has mentioned in several other interviews, this is just the beginning. anthony foxx is certainly a great start in the right direction with his background serving as a mayor of a major metropolitan area and even serving as one of the primary reasons why the dratic national convention went so well i think it's certainly a step in the right direction. >> so you
weapons on a small scale in its fight against rebels. now president obama has said repeatedly that the use of chemical weapons would cross a quote: red line forcing u.s. action. stopped short of saying what that actually would actually be. this week the white house essentially ruled out putting u.s. troops on the ground in syria. but the u.s. has started providing direct nonmilitary aid to rebels. but this whole situation, kelly, whether it's the transfer of conventional weapons to groups like hezbollah or othe use of chemical weapons has a lot of people in this part of the world and in the united states and europe very, very nervous about what is going on in syria. and what will happen today, tomorrow, and in the future. kelly? >> kelly: conor, you are absolutely right about assessment. all people are keeping their eyes on what is going on in syria. thank you, sir. >> back here at home there are new developments in the boston bombing situation. at this time we are learning a search of computers in tamerlan tsarnaev's home turned up al qaeda magazine called inspire. both known for spreadi
, everyone, and welcome to our special coverage of the white house core cores dinner. i'm don lemon. headlining this event, of course, president obama along with tv late night host conan o'brien with an audience of journalists and celebs. >> can't have you stockpiling all these tickets deciding where everyone sits. i really need you to release some of these tables. >> well, you know my motto, ed, you scratch my back i won't lacerate yours. >> i have integrity, sir. i'm not going to cut a deal. >> i've seen your work, ed. let's not kid ourselves. this is the partre
to speak to those americans evacuated from benghazi, but claim the white house won't release the names. the administration argues they have answered all relevant questions. president obama said tuesday he remains focused on finding out what happened. >> our job with respect to benghazi has been to fin out exactly what happened. to make sure that the u.s. embassy, not just in the middle east, but around the world are safe and secure. and to bring those who carried it out to justice. >> but eight months later, no suspects and no arrests. this week, the families of the fallen will see the names of their loved ones unveiled here at the u.s. state department. added to the list ambassador chris stevens, glen dougherty, ty woods, and sean smith. the union representing the foreign service says some members have questions about how these deaths could have been avoided. secretary kerry and vice president biden about honor the victims and other fallen service officers at a ceremony held here tomorrow. >> margaret brennan, thanks. >>> several wildfires burning in california. m
people. senior white house officials say the u.s. is considering sending weapons to rebel fighters. a move seen as a serious escalation and one that president obama rejected last year. >> all right, now to the legal battle over the morning after pill. the justice department says a new york judge overstepped his bounds when he ordered all age restrictions on the pill lifted. now the government is a peeling the judge's order arguing his decision should be suspended for now. >> many of us are finally enjoying some ideal springtime weather. others are dig out their cars from deep snow. take a look at fort collins, colorado. the snow is so heavy and wet, it is snapping tree branches. as much as 20 inches fell in some spots. from the rockies well into the midwest. meanwhilen southern california, strong winds are pushing a wildfire that forced some people from their homes. it has burned some 3,000 acres already along with one home and several vehicles. one fire fighter has been injured, battling this blaze. it is unclear how it starteded and officials are not saying whether they expect to
to speak to those americans evacuated from benghazi but claim the white house won't release the names. the administration argues that they have answered all relevant questions. president obama said tuesday he remains focused on finding out what happened. >> our job with respect to benghazi has been to find out exactly what happened, to make sure that u.s. embassies, not just in the middle east but around the world, are safe and secure, and to bring those who carried it out to justice. >> but eight months later there are no suspects and no arrests. this week the families of the fallen will see the names of their loved ones unveiled here at the u.s. state department. added to the list, ambassador chris stevens, glen doherty, ty woods, and sean smith. the union representing the foreign service also has questions about how these deaths could have been carried. they'll honor others aet a ceremony held here tomorrow. >> all right. margaret brennan, thank you. >>> and several wildfires are burning in california. much of southern california is under a red flag warning. that's because of wind,
the white house is under growing pressure to take some kind of action. so far president obama has been reluctant to get involved, but as abc's jonathan karl reports that may be changing. >> reporter: embattled syrian president bashar al assad the man accused of using chemical weapons on his own people made his first public appearance in more than a month appearing entirely at ease on syrian state tv, touring an electrical plant in damascus. the white house is turning up the heat. >> syria's future cannot include assad. his hands are bathed in blood, the blood of his own people. he has no place in syria's future and no support from the syrian people. >> reporter: senior u.s. officials say the administration is now considering sending weapons to rebel fighters. they have requested anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons. abc news has learned the first nonmilitary aid to rebel fighters arrived in syria and more is in the pipeline. including body armor, military vehicles, and night vision goggles. sending weapons would be a big escalation, and a move that president obama rejected last year out
. our buried lead today is the subject the president has not been asked about in a white house news conference since september, 2010, closing gitmo, a promise president obama made in his first presidential campaign and has failed to keep. is the president ready for round two? >> i'm going to go back at this. i've asked my team to review everything that's currently being done in guantanamo, everything that we can do administratively, and i'm going to re-engage with congress to try to make the case that this is not something that's in the best interests of the american people. >> and what are we hearing about guantanamo? hunger strikes, accusations of torture, just what's happening to the 166 prisoners still there? well, now we're getting an inside look thanks to one prisoner who has been there since 2002. his memoirs have been declassified by the u.s. government and today were printed by slate.com. i'm joined now by our politics and foreign affairs editor william dobson. thanks so much for joining us. i want to read part of what he wrote in his memoirs when he first arrived in gitmo.
. the white house correspondence dinner attracted an a-list of hollywood celebrities to join president obama and a night of fun and one liners.?e check out the highlights. ♪ >> how do you like my new entrance music? i understand second term need a burst of new energy. try some new things. and my team and i talked about it. we were willing to try anything so we borrowed one of michelle's tricks. >> seriously, mr. president, your hair is so white, it could be a member of your cabinet. speaking of the cabinet, the president recently picked his new treasury secretary jack lew. gives me great joy to know if the president has to let him go he'll get to say, it's not lew, it's me. >> the media landscape is changing so rapidly. yo up with it. i mean, i remember when buzzfeed was something i did in college around 2:00 a.m. >> some people say print media is dying, but i don't believe it. and neither does my blacksmith. >> i'm also hard at work on plans for the obama library and some have suggested that we put it in my birthpla in the united states. >> some in this room have ev
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